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    Talking So I'm thinking about getting my masters

    HI GUYS.

    So I was thinking about getting my masters today after I interviewed someone. After I was destroying them with questions I asked them what they did their thesis on for their masters and she said, Well I didn't do a thesis. I was O RLY?

    She said she got a masters in computer science and simply had to take a comprehensive exam which sounds sweet as hell to me. I'm not a fan of school anymore but if it means I get an extra 10k a year, sign me up!

    So my question is, has anyone else recieved a masters without doing a thesis and taking a big exam instead?
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    I am getting my masters in social work and don't have to do a thesis, just have to sit in front of a panel of professors and answer their questions and be able to use the knowledge i have learned. I do know there are several programs that don't require thesis or other test. It depends on the school you go to and the program. If one school says they do a thesis, look at another. Graduate work is tons of work but so worth it. I have to read about 400-600 pages a week, which really sucks but other then that no complaints

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    Cool thanks for the info.

    I'm going to be doing it part time and working full time if I do decide to do it. It may be a bit early just yet but I might as well start looking into it.
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    Back in the late 90's when I was working in Portland, Oregon for a certain large semiconductor company I was going to school part time and thinking about a master's in CS or something related. There were several programs to choose from at the time. I don't recall a specific requirement for a thesis.

    Not sure what's available here in Silicon Valley right now. Maybe San Jose State ? btw There are certificate programs available at the UCSC Extension, though I'm not sure if there are any master's programs per se.

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    rhyang,

    Yah I was thinking about going to san jose state, its cheap as hell which is what matters to me. Cisco will pay 10k a year I believe so that will offset the cost as well.

    They have a nice software engineering masters degree which will work nice considering thats my title currently
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    you might consider an MBA. many engineers go that route as it leads to management, if interested in $$.

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    My plans to go to class on campus this semester have been squashed by some upcoming surgery, but earlier this week I enrolled in some online courses to get a jump start on a grad program I will be starting next fall. I am doing a course based option, which means I have to do 11 courses and a major project at the end. The project is basically a mini-thesis but there is no oral exam at the end. This same program does offer a thesis option, which I didn't want to do. But after looking at how much course work people in that stream do (6 courses plus their thesis) I actually think the course base option is a lot more work. But maybe no oral exam makes up for that . I would say look very closely at the programs that you might be interested in and weigh how much work a thesis versus a non-thesis program will be.


    You are super smart, I am sure a thesis would be no trouble for you. But yeah they seem like a pain unless you really love your topic.

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    cass,

    I was thinking about getting my MBA later. What I was going to do was try to get an MBA right away but I soon found out to be accepted into the MBA program they like the person to have at least 5 years of working experience. Also its a lot more dedication than just getting a masters.

    I talked to a lot of managers who I work with and how they said they went was they got a masters first, worked that for awhile, then they were promoted to a manager, then they went to get their mba.

    Other engineers already have their mba but can't get into management positions and you also don't get an automatic pay raise if your an engineer and get an mba.

    But yes I can see myself getting an mba as well in the future (but not near future).



    Amanda,

    I will def. check it out. I did a mini thesis before and it was hell but I suppose if the trade off is alot I would man up and do it.
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    that's interesting...wonder if aerospace is diff? the big bucks came w/MBA, with or w/o masters in engr. the masters in engr didn't make much diff. well, keep talking to your company ppl, but keep an eye on other companies, just in case good luck!

    oh, also be careful. Boeing for all these yrs has paid for this education, but, due to economy (so they say) they have pulled it, violating the SPEEA contract. retroactive 6 months. bad news.

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    When I got my masters (1980s) many schools had a thesis option. You could either do a full thesis, or just write the research proposal and then take an additional 6-8 units, which is what I did. I don't regret it, and my master's degree is equal to those who did the thesis. I did independent study for my 6-8 units with the supervision of my advisor, and I think I met my goals for graduate education much more effectively that way than I would have doing a thesis or having to take comp exams (which we also did not have to do, thank goodness!). My program (Rush University, Chicago) was an excellerated 12 months program instead of the usual two years, taking 18 units a quarter, so it would have been very difficult to complete a thesis in that time period anyway.

    Now days I would be pushed to do a doctorate in nursing practice (DNP), but I am too old for that now, and don't want to spend my free time studying...a doctorate would not make me one more dime than I am making now with my masters, and it won't be mandatory for clinical nurse specialists until about the time I retire.

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